Assassin’s Creed 4′s ‘disgraceful’ whaling criticised by PETA

Tuesday, 5th March 2013 10:32 GMT By Dave Cook

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will let players engage in a spot of whaling – that is, hunting down whales with harpoons. Animal rights group PETA has slammed the game for the treatment of our underwater allies.

VentureBeat was issued a statement from PETA on the matter, which read:

“Whaling—that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive—may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it.

“PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals—not games that promote hurting and killing them.”

The group has been using games to get its message across for some time, such as slamming Super Meat Boy, despite the fact he is a human boy whose skin has fallen off – not a boy made of animal meat. Cooking Mama also got them cross.

What do you think of the above?

Thanks MCV.



  1. mithrandir

    Fortunately, pirating and assassinating people is OK, according to PETA…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. FrayJoker

    I wonder how PETA feel about Tokyo Jungle?

    Anyway, another reason to look forward to ACIV. With some luck they’ll let us conduct cosmetic testing on whales as they slowly die. And then kick a puppy.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. heroes159

    I seriously lold hard after i saw this

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Of course they are, its PETA:

    #4 2 years ago
  5. matirishhh

    Ive been a Vegeterian for the last 4 years, and I always fight for the animal rights, I’m also a huge gamer. And I personally think PETA sometimes overreact and oversaturate many topics like – mario tanooki suit, BF3 rat section and now whaling…those are games, pure fiction…I’m sure 90% of gamers wouldn’t like to kill a whale for fun…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Wezzulus

    Dont really see the point of hunting whales. Just like the hunting in AC3 had no point either. Didn’t do it once.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    PETA and their pathetic ways. First it was Mario with the tanooki suit, then Pokemon, and now this? Why didn’t they say anything about RDR? Or the many other games out there that let you kill animals? When GTA V comes out, PETA is gonna go all out on that, believe it. Sigh.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps4some

    Same as @5 I’m a veggie too who even looks after rescued battery chickens but this is a game ffs. This sort of bullshit does animal rights no favours.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Digital Bamboo

    PETA can fuck right off. Would they prefer that a game set in that time period denied that whaling even existed, thereby lessening the overall awareness of whaling? Perhaps we should burn all copies of Moby Dick as well? And what is this about the Tanooki suit? Please don’t tell me they were opposed to that on the basis of wearing fur. If that’s the case, then they’re no more than a parody of an animal rights group. Focus your energies on some issues in the real world PETA, it’s pretty evident that you can’t spare the brain cells to focus on two things at once.

    #9 2 years ago

    Peta Griffin?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. MadFlavour

    PETA are morons.

    As are fans of Assassins Creed.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Max Payne

    They didn’t heard about Far Cry 3?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Odisi

    What Digital Bamboo said… Whaling was something of a sport of the era that Black Flag is set. So PETA need to stop trying to mummy cuddle the current generation of gamers from the truths of history…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. MadFingerz

    It’s pretty easy to point a finger at games and diss them because of their virtual portraying of violence towards animals. It’s much harder to actually go out in the real world and stop animal cruelty. PETA should stick with the hard stuff, that’s the only way to make a difference..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    Herman Melville had better watch out!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SlayerGT

    In their defense, studies that I made up show that whaling in videogames can be linked to causing people to actually go out and whale.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    I thought that said delightful whaling.

    Eh, I’m not bothered, I’m just sorry you can’t get any meat out of Assassins Creed 3. Whale is fucking delicious.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. nklh4x0r

    Right, im sure a lazy-ass gamer will go grab a harpoon and kill fish…
    Its a game you PETA idiots, you’re only throwing pointed sticks at some whale shaped AI… grow up

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Lengendaryboss

    Shouldn’t they be more concerned about animals getting killed in real life than animals getting killed in a fictional world. If PETA spent more time in reality than in a virtual world maybe less animals will get killed.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Hellhound30x

    Wow? Even in video games? give it rest PETA!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. nollie4545

    Excellent way to absolutely irritate everyone, gamers or animal lovers, at the same time. Should be called PITA.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Edo

    Remember people…there is no such thing as bad advertising.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Sadismek

    Damn, now Assassin’s Creed IV opened up my whale meat appetite. Where’d I put that harpoon?

    On a serious note, PETA is a joke, just take a look at the article @4 linked. Complete waste of oxygen, I swear.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. deathm00n

    @22 Wow, very good phrase man. Being it stupid or not, they got the attention they wanted. So yeah, it actually is a good advertising.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. NeoSquall

    Good lord aren’t people stupid at PETA?

    That’s what happens when police isn’t allowed to beat some sense in them with their sticks anymore.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. TheWulf

    I don’t see how this is any different to Far Cry 3 or Skyrim. I’m not for the virtual depiction of violence to animals, but in my case I just don’t buy/play those games. (Or if I can, I mod them. I either create mods myself or wait until mods are available in order to deal with that.)

    I realise people like killing things. Nothing I have to say is going to change that, and so long as they keep their killing antics to virtual endeavours rather than hunting down and killing their neighbour’s pets, then… whatever. Better that a person deal with their omnicidal tendencies in a game rather than in real life.

    PETA is just going to make a lot of people angry at them with this, and I’m not sure what that’s going to accomplish. Can we attack real whaling instead? I feel that would be a far, far more noble goal.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. deathm00n

    @26 Not only noble, a far more logical goal. And Skyrim is far worse, you can throw animal off cliffs with shouts and set them on fire waiting them to die. Decorate your house with so many mounted animals heads it’s hard to walk around without banging you head in it. Sleep in your bed made with animal fur.

    #27 2 years ago

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